Clothing production fell in the January-July period

Clothing production fell in the January-July period this year, while textile production rose in the same period, official figures showed on Monday.

The Hellenic Fashion Industry Association (SEPEE), in a report, said that clothing production fell 12.7 pct in the first seven months of the year, turnover eased 1.7 pct, exports fell 6.5 pct, while retail sales rose 0.6 pct and imports grew 7.6 pct. Export of clothing totaled 319 million euros in value, down from 340 million euros in the same period last year.

The Thessaloniki-based federation said textile production grew 5.2 pct in the seven-month period, turnover was up 7.7 pct, exports grew 15.4 pct and imports rose 13.2 pct. Exports of textile products totaled 295 million euros in value up from 260 million euros in the corresponding period last year.

In total, the value of Greek exports of clothing/textiles (including primary production of cotton) totaled 693 million euros in the January-July period, down 0.8 pct from the same period in 2015.

SEPEE attributed this development to a general economic condition prevailing in the country and the imposition of additional tax burdens.